In the Dashiell Hammet classic The Maltese Falcon, Casper Gutman discovers that the black bird he has been chasing for nearly two decades is nothing more than a crude fake.
Joel Cairo, unable to contain his disappointment cries:
"You imbecile. You bloated idiot. You and your stupid attempts to buy it!"
Yes. Yes. Crude attempts at gaining what you covet intensely very often result in disappointment. Today, the devotees of Daily Kos and Democratic Underground are consumed by two separate and conflicting desires.
The first is retribution.
George W. Bush trashed our Constitution, lied us into war and authorized an illegal and useless torture program for no other reason than, well, he's bad guy--a stupid guy--who did dumb things and enjoyed inflicting pain.
Today's rabble won't be satisfied until the former president is burned at the stake, paraded to the guillotine in an oxcart or left in a cell with a pistol and a cyanide capsule.
Through all of this, our esteemed Speaker, Lady Robespierre, has been playing a very perilous game, i.e. fanning the flames of wingnut revenge just enough to keep the embers glowing but not so much that they singe her pubic hairs.
It has been a delicate and dangerous dance indeed and she has proven not to be particularly adept at this version of the two-step.
To hear our current national leadership speak, you would think that they had spent the last eight years in a sensory-deprivation chamber.
Silly me, I thought that members of the Intelligence Committee attended briefings on intelligence.
It seems they were as attentive as were members of the Banking Committee and the Financial Services Committee, or so they say.
Funny thing, though, about the goings on in government.
The people who run these fandangos like to keep very detailed records and they keep them for a very long time.
This is a common trait among bureaucrats.
Records of the Nazi Holocaust list names, dates and precise hours of the day for every atrocity they committed in pursuit of a more perfect world. But I digress. Written, contemporaneous accounts of each and every briefing indicate that unless our leaders in Washington were all suffering from somnambulism, they had to have some knowledge of enhanced interrogation methods.
In fact, records indicate that when informed of the details of waterboarding, the Speaker-to-Be asked:
"Are you sure that's enough?"
So now Pelosi, Murtha, et.al. are being waterboarded by their own words and they don't like it one little bit.
To add to the irony, Frau Facelift's former patron and mentor, current CIA Director Leon Panetta, issued a scathing memo excoriating those who would cast doubt upon his department and its brave men and women.
Et tu, Leon.
So if Curious George deserves the guillotine, doesn't Nancy at least merit a little nip and tuck with a chain saw?
Which brings us to that other all-consuming craving of the left, i.e. implementing every hare-brained scheme cooked up by Ivy League eggheads and Saul Alinksy acolytes over the last fifty years.
Alas, the distraction of "What Did Nancy Know and When Did She Know It" threatens to divert political energy from more important Democratic Party objectives, such as eroding our freedoms, confiscating our wealth and dismantling free enterprise.
It won't be long now. As their dreams of a Euro-socialist Utopia quickly fade the witless parasites, misfits, and malcontents of the left will soon turn on their own heroes, screaming...
You imbeciles. You bloated idiots!
Migliore fortuna la volta prossima.